San Jose mass shooting: VTA light rail operator killed while helping coworkers hide

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
VTA light rail operator killed while helping coworkers hide
One of the victims in the San Jose mass shooting was trying to save others when he was gunned down.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- We're learning new details about the San Jose VTA mass shooting. Nine people were killed, the shooter is believed to have taken his own life, leaving the death count at 10.

Many of the victim's families learned around 6 p.m. Wednesday that their loved ones didn't make it.

Thirty-six-year-old Taptejdeep Singh was a light rail operator who was one of the shooter's nine victims. Singh was a husband and father of two.

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"I called him and he don't pick up the phone," says Singh's uncle Sukhwant Dhillon.

Family members say that Singh's coworkers who escaped, told them he saved at least one person and tried to save others both by calling and physically helping them.

"One lady he put in the control room to hide over here you know. He can go there too actually, but he just saved her and went towards downstairs," says Taptejdeep's brother Bagga Singh.

Sadly it doesn't appear as though he made it downstairs. His family telling us that he was killed in a stairwell.

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Forty-year-old Michael Rudometkin was another victim killed. Rudometkin was a lifelong friend of San Jose District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez, who we spoke with early Wednesday before he learned that his friend had died.

"Every minute that goes by it's been more and more difficult. Something I've not been able to process just yet but it's been tough already," said Peralez.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo spent much of the afternoon with family members of the victims. His tone a somber one when we spoke.

"These are not statistics, these are members of our community who gave a lot to our community." Mayor Liccardo went on to say, "I spoke with Vice President Harris she called me very early in the day to send her love and support."

The Singh family could be seen holding on to one another after they learned the news of Taptejdeep's death. Saying he was a good person who you could call anytime, someone who will be sorely missed.

"My emotions right now, I'm in deep grieve right now, very sad for us the whole family," says Dhillon.

Take a look at the latest stories and videos about the mass shooting at the VTA rail yard in San Jose.